Cameron Yusko, the valedictorian of the East Hampton High School Class of 2012, will lead the graduating class during the commencement ceremony on Saturday. A son of Jeff and Kelly Yusko, Cameron is from Wainscott. He told East Hampton Patch during a Q&A that he made the best of his four years, earning academic achievements and being a three-sport athlete.
What does it mean to you to be named the valedictorian?
To be named valedictorian of the Class of 2012 is a great honor and I am very proud of this accomplishment. My hard work and dedication to my academics has rewarded me with this prestigious achievement.
What college will you be attending in the fall and what do you plan on studying? How did you chose the school?
I will be attending Duke University in the fall. I am leaning towards studying biology. I chose Duke for the challenging curriculum and the abundant school spirit that was evident the minute I stepped onto the amazing campus. I have always been a Cameron Crazie and I can't wait to be surrounded by the Blue Devil atmosphere.
What subject did you enjoy the most at East Hampton High School?
The subject I enjoyed most at the high school is science.
Were you involved in any extra-curricular activities?
Yes, I was a three-sport athlete playing golf, basketball and baseball, for all four years at the high school. I was President of the National Honor Society and Century Club. I was an officer in Athletes Helping Athletes.
Which teacher was your favorite or which faculty member did you learn the most from? Why?
I have learned many valuable lessons from several teachers at the high school. Each and every teacher works hard to enhance our learning experience.
Do you have any advice for incoming freshman?
Incoming freshmen should work hard, make good choices and have fun because it goes by very quickly.
If there is one thing you will take will you from your studies (at any school) what will it be?
To set goals that are achievable and work hard to try to attain them.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Would you like to return to East Hampton, further your education, etc.?
I would like to pursue a career in the medical field enriching myself to help others.
What message would you like to leave your classmates as you graduate on Saturday?
We have been given the tools to be successful in anything we choose. We have faced our high school challenges head on and will take the lessons learned at EHHS with us. May we all pursue our future plans with the same tenacity and passion that we exhibited here at East Hampton. Thank you to my classmates! It has been a great ride. Congratulations Class of 2012!